All reader reviews by Miss Moggy

Mandarin Kitchen

I booked this restaurant based on several of your reviews, and tonight my husband and I took seven friends from Portugal, three of whom were children. It is, indeed, child friendly and the food was generous and delicious. The bill, including service, came to a little over £200 for nine of us including service. Thank you for helping us to a good choice; we look forward to returning there on our own and trying some of the seafood specialities..

Monday, February 04, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

The People's Palace

I miss this wonderful place more than I can say, and hope the new restaurant is as friendly, relaxed and fulfilling as it was before. The staff were wonderful and became like personal friends.

I even loved it enough to hold my 50th birthday party here and brought 48 friends along to share it!

Thursday, August 10, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


We came here many times under the previous 'Johnny Gold' ownership and loved it, though it didn't have air con and could get very hot and sticky, particularly upstairs. Our first visit as the Marco Pierre White restaurant was disappointing ... I ordered lobster and its only accompaniment was unadorned boiled broccoli (???!!!) but this was a business dinner so we didn't really comment. We returned for pre-opera and that was nice, but rushed.

Our Pre-Opera dinner a couple of weeks ago, was nothing short of perfection, however, and quite good value, although it meant eating at 5.45! I wasn't hungry until the superb food arrived. My husband and I both agreed that it was one of the nicest meals ever, and I woke up the next morning dreaming of those flavours.....

Service was efficient and very good but not particularly friendly; the room is beautiful and now, thankfully, has air con. Can't wait for the next time!

Thursday, August 10, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Salieri Restaurant

Yes, the decor is eccentric but fun, and it could be smarter, but my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here today, which was excellent value at £30 for two with beer and great coffee. The nice thing is that, for lunch at least, they don't charge for cover and bring you bread rolls, a dip, crudites and olives all included in the price. We asked for water and they kindly brought large glasses of iced water, with a smile.

The service was very nice and friendly; the 'waiter with the laugh' was charming. I overheard him telling a couple that he'd worked there mostly since 1968. He's a great asset to the place. It was late lunchtime, though and the staff/customer ratio was very high, so we had as much attention as we wanted.

Ok, so it might be a bit dated in places but the atmosphere is that of a family- owned restaurant rather than the impersonality of so many places in Central London. The food was good, fresh and wholesome, though as experienced adults we made informed choices from the menu; I had the antipasto plate which was good and fresh rather than the fish roulade which probably wouldn't have lived up to its description at that price. Using common sense when ordering makes a difference! We would go back for lunch, it's such good value. I'd prefer more refined cuisine for dinner, but that's my choice.

Thursday, August 10, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

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